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Myths about international scholarships

Posted on: October 28, 2022

Scholarships are a ray of hope for all those students who want to study abroad but cannot handle the financial burden associated with it. Other than tuition fees there are a lot of hidden expenses that you have to do once you get there. This is why getting a scholarship becomes extremely important, especially for students coming from humble backgrounds. Globally a lot of universities offer so many scholarships to international students that you will be surprised. But there are a lot of myths and delusional opinions about international scholarship that are not at all true. Today we will be busting all these myths and doing a reality check. Let's look at some of the myths about international scholarships.

  • Scholarships are only meant for prodigies who are extremely good at studying. This is not true at all because the only criteria for the selection of a student eligible for a scholarship are not his or her grades. Generally, selectors look at the overall application of the candidate even for a merit scholarship. It's not just your grades that make you get a scholarship. Other than merit-based scholarships, there are also sports scholarships and need-based scholarships.
  • Another misconception among students is that only minorities and students from underdeveloped countries get scholarships in international universities. This is also completely false as universities globally or making a conscious choice to be inclusive and diverse. That is why they have a scholarship for everyone.
  • A lot of people think that the whole concept of scholarship is a hoax. It's just a waste of time because anyways you will not get the scholarship. We would like to tell you that scholarships are very much genuine. It's worth the tedious process that you are put through because, in the end, the results are worth the wait.
  • You need to understand that applying for multiple scholarships is the key. Don't get complacent and overconfident by just applying for one scholarship. Applying for multiple scholarships increases your chances of getting at least one of them.

Canadian scholarships for international students

Posted on: October 28, 2022

North America is a very expensive region to pursue your higher education in. Universities, especially in the United States of America, have very high fees compared to the rest of the world. But the value of degrees from North American universities is unparalleled. If you want to study in North America and want to explore that part of the world then you can apply for the scholarships that are offered by Canadian universities. Here are some scholarships offered by the universities in Canada you shall not miss out on.

  • University of Saskatchewan

This university was founded in 1907 and is ranked as one of the top universities in Canada. Currently, they have over 3000 international students and for their welfare, they offer scholarships and every program. The master's scholarship offered by the university is worth $18,000 per year for two years. The Ph.D. scholarship offered by universities is worth $22,000 annually.

  • University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo is a public research university that offers more than 140 scholarships to international students. They offer scholarships at undergraduate, postgraduate, and Ph.D. levels.

  • University of Alberta

The University of Alberta is very dynamic and global as it has students from 150 different countries of the world. The University of Alberta offers a fully funded Master's scholarship and Ph.D. scholarship. The best part about these universities is that they no longer require IELTS.

  • McGill University

This has been ranked as the top university in Canada for 2023. McGill offers an undergraduate scholarship of $8500 and also offers different bursaries for postgraduate and Ph.D. programs.

Things you can do while waiting for your college application results

Posted on: October 28, 2022

The time between the application process and its results are the most anxious time in a student's life. There is a mixed sense of excitement and nervousness. Sometimes you feel confident whereas sometimes you feel very confident about your selection. For a rolling intake, you have to wait for 4 to 6 weeks before the results are announced. Whereas for a regular intake you might have to wait for 8 to 12 weeks. Some students end up becoming very obsessive about their results by checking the web portals of different universities from time to time. This can be extremely harmful to your mental health and you might end up getting drained. It is very important to stay productive and busy during this point in time to distract your mind from the fear of results. You need to understand that as soon as there will be progress in your application you will be notified through mail. Accredited universities are extremely responsible and thoughtful so they keep on updating you from time to time. You can surely check the website by yourself as well but make sure you don't overdo it. Sometimes a particular university may take a long time to reply. In the waiting period, you might get opportunities from other universities as well which leaves you in a dilemma of whether to go for other options or not. In this scenario being practical is the best way to handle the situation. Critically analyze if the target University that you are waiting for will select you or not. Take various aspects like acceptance rate and requirements into consideration. If you think your chances of getting accepted are high then you might as well wait. But we would suggest you do not wait for a long period for one university in particular and lose out on other opportunities.

What are college majors and minors?

Posted on: October 28, 2022

Selecting a major and minor discipline during their program is a very western concept. A major discipline in your program is the most important part whereas a minor is often complementary and has lesser weightage than a major. It lets you explore other possibilities in your life in terms of your career. Majors is the primary focus of your whole curriculum around which your program will revolve. You will have a lot of exams and assignments related to majors that will be reflected in your annual scores. The credit hours required for majors are 30 credits hours. Whereas for minors it's just 18 credit hours. But given the fact that minors may seem like a less important part of the program than majors, we should not ignore their importance of it. It's almost like the extracurriculars and data required to boost up your CV. Employers generally look at minors to analyze your performance. It is a way to put forward your skill set besides your study interests. This is why you must choose your minors with a lot of precision as they might end up dictating your future.

 

Germany records highest number of international students this year

Posted on: October 27, 2022

Around 3,50,000 international students have enrolled in German higher education institutions this year. This number is greater than that of the 2021 to 2022 academic year. After the pandemic, there has been an exponential rise in the number of international students that have enrolled to study in Germany. Experts say that this is because of the pandemic-related implications that have been imposed on the Education market. International education has become extremely expensive following the pandemic. Germany provides free education to all international students irrespective of their native countries. This is why international students have preferred Germany more than other countries. 12% of the total international students studying in Germany are from China. Most of the western European students are from countries like Austria, France, and Italy. Over the past year, Germany has put a lot of effort into maintaining a standard of education in all its universities and higher education. Now the German government is enjoying the fruit of all the hard work and import that they put into the work.

Ways to stand out in your college application

Posted on: October 27, 2022

Every college has a very discreet and pragmatic way of selecting students. Normally students go by a generic norm of writing college applications and essays. This makes it difficult for the selectors to differentiate you from other competitors. It can further increase your chances of being rejected by the college. This is why it is extremely important to pay heed to write an application that is distinct and Personal. Here are some ways through which you can stand out in your college application-

  • Have a diverse range of extracurricular activities that you indulge in. Don't limit yourself to one particular activity or sport in your high school. You have to come across as a student who is versatile and an all-rounder.
  • Get out of your comfort zone and enroll in courses besides your academic curriculum. Get yourself into programs like International Baccalaureate for an extra kick.
  • Avoid following any norms and rules when writing a college essay. Don't follow the advice patterns for writing your essay. Write something that is authentic and true because that is what will hit the selectors. Don't over-boost yourself as sounding condescending is not what you want to do in your application.
  • During high school, it's very important to pay extreme attention to your grades. It's not mandatory for you to score the top grades in all of your exams. What selectors want to see is how you come back after having a hard time with your academics. They want to see progress after a failure.

Best environment and ecology schools

Posted on: October 27, 2022

Ecologists and environmentalists today have a huge responsibility of preserving the environment and saving the future of mankind. We have degraded the environment so much that there is a possible threat to our own existence in the coming few years. This is why ecologists and environmentalists are navigating through various environmental concerns and finding sustainable ways of leading life. If you're interested in this profession then you must know that the top environment and ecology schools are in Australia, China, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the U.K., and the U.S. Here is a list of the top environment and ecology schools-

  • Imperial College London, UK
  • Peking University, China
  • Tsinghua University, China
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland 
  • Wageningen University and Research Centre, Netherlands
  • University of Oxfords
  • Stanford University
  • Harvard University

 

Where are the best global universities?

Posted on: October 27, 2022

Global University is a dynamic educational institute that is diverse and has a supreme quality of educational facilities. Most global universities are established primarily in cities like Beijing, London, Seattle, Vancouver, and Zurich. Similarly, the best 50 global universities are in countries like Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. North America has 27 global universities whereas  Europe has 14. Australia has five and Asia has four. Out of the top five global universities, four are in North America. These are Harvard University in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University in California and the University of California, Berkeley. Other global educational institutes in North America are situated in Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington. The University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia, both of which are in Canada, were also listed in the top 50 global universities. Universities in Europe account for one-third of the best global universities. Two of the 14 global universities of Europe are from the UK. These are the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. Other countries which have global universities include Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. From Asia, the universities which are included in the top global universities list are Tsinghua University and the National University of Singapore. The University of Melbourne from Australia is also a part of this list.

Apps for international students studying in the UK

Posted on: October 26, 2022

The UK is the perfect place for international students as it is home to a lot of prestigious universities. Every year thousands of students migrate to the UK to pursue their higher education abroad. As an international student of the word, there are a lot of things to you that you have to take care of on your own. As a human, it is inevitable to make mistakes. In times like these technology comes to your rescue and takes care of the things that you can't do on your own. Here are some apps that will be really useful for an international student studying in the UK-

  • Student Beans

This app was launched in 2005 and is very useful for students to get discounts in various shops and stores. Student beans tell you how much discount as a student you are eligible for in a particular store. This app has a lot of vouchers and offers specially for students that you can encash in various places. This will help you save up a lot of money which is the best possible thing for an international student.

  • Too Good to Go

On a daily basis, restaurants and eating joints throw away a lot of food that is not sold. Since food is a perishable thing, it cannot be sold the next day as it goes bad. Too Good to Go connects people with restaurants and food joints that have excess food left which they are ready to give for free or at a very discounted price.

  • Stint

Stint helps in finding part-time jobs for international students to support their expenses. As an international student, you'll have to spend a lot of money on different things like transportation, rent, food, and a lot more. Stint allows you to look for a potential job that suits your interests and skills.

  • Splitwise

When you start living on your own you have to keep a track of your expenses. When you go out with your friends and pay bills you end up owing money to somebody or being owed money by someone. Splitwise was developed keeping this problem in mind. It keeps a track of all the expenses and spending. You can check who you owe money from and who you have to give money to.

Scholarships Postgraduate students are eligible for without TOEFL or IELTS

Posted on: October 26, 2022

Many people have this misconception that pursuing a postgraduate degree from an international university will cost you less than an undergraduate degree. Well, you must understand that postgraduate degrees are equally expensive even though they were completed in a shorter span of time. As an international student tuition fees are not going to be your only expense. You will also have to pay for accommodation, transportation, and food. Appearing for language proficiency tests like TOEFL and IELTS is another added expense. But there are a lot of international universities that offer scholarships to students who want to pursue postgraduate courses without a condition of compulsory language tests. These scholarships are-

  • British Chevening Scholarships, UK

This is one of the most prestigious scholarships in the whole UK. In order to be eligible for this scholarship you must be admitted into the UK’s accredited universities. After the pandemic considering the mobility restrictions, the language tests were taken down as a requirement to be eligible for the scholarship. Although some universities might have their own requirements for the same. For more information, you can check here

scholarships/who-can-apply/eligibility

  • Gates Cambridge Scholarships, UK

This scholarship was earlier known as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Scholarship. Students are awarded financial and non-financial support at Cambridge University under this scholarship. Here is a list of courses that or not eligible for the scholarship-

gatescambridge.org/apply/eligibility

You can check the eligibility of this scholarship on their official website.

  • Hokkaido University Scholarships, Japan

This university is ranked sixth in Japan and has 34 different faculties including law, medicine and economics, and business administration. It is located in one of Japan's four biggest cities, Sapporo. In order to apply for a scholarship at this university, you don't need a language proficiency test.

Is Japan a good destination for studying?

Posted on: October 26, 2022

Japan is well known for making optimum utilization of human resources. The country is highly developed from the rest of the world. Japanese people are extremely disciplined and work-oriented which makes the functioning of the whole country very efficient. Very seldom you will see Japanese students opting to study abroad. This is because the Japanese education system is well-planned and evolved. The native students do not feel the need to spend excess money on studying abroad. If you are an international student who is interested in studying in Japan, here's what you need to know -

  • The universities of Japan have very low tuition fees as compared to other countries like China and Russia. The country is extremely prosperous in terms of its GDP and economy. This means that after completing your education you are likely to get a lot of job offers which are also high-paying.
  • There are five types of educational institutes in Japan for higher studies. These are Graduate University, Under Graduate University, College of Technology, Japanese Studies, and Professional Training School. Just like in most Asian countries the academy year starts in April and ends in March.
  • In order to pursue an undergraduate degree You must have completed at least 12 years of schooling. In order to pursue a postgraduate degree You must have completed at least 16 years of prior education.
  • Some of the major subjects taught here are-Physics, Chemistry, Ecology, Biology, Material Science, Biology and Neuroscience, Geoscience, Educational Science, Environmental Life Science, Astronomy, Bioscience and Biotechnology, Biomolecular Engineering, Medical Science, MBBS, and more.

Scholarships for international students in Russia

Posted on: October 26, 2022

Russia is a popular destination for pursuing an MBBS degree on a budget. All those students who are not able to get into a government college in their native countries end up going to Russia. This is because the tuition fees of Russian universities are very low and the quality of education here is quite high. Russian universities offer courses in a lot of other fields as well. In order to attract international students the Russian government gives a lot of scholarships to them. Some of the scholarships offered by the Russian government to international students are-

  • HSE Gold funding
  • Open doors Russian scholarship
  • NRU scholarship
  • Eastern European University Association scholarship
  • EMAS scholarship
  • Siberian Western university scholarship
  • Finance and economics scholarship

Best boarding schools in Asia

Posted on: October 25, 2022

While selecting a school for your children, as a parent you look at a lot of factors. For some people, infrastructure might be the biggest concern whereas for others it's the faculty that makes all the difference. But there are some schools out there that offer you the best of everything in one place. All you need to do is just research a bit and you are good to go. This article is for all Asian students and even students from other continents who want to study in Asia in a good boarding school. Here is the list of best boarding schools in Asia-

  • Jerudong International School

This boarding school has a very clean and green campus and it focuses on the overall success of students in all spheres of life. It has a huge 10,000 m² Outdoor Discovery Centre (ODC) where students can immerse themselves in activities like harvesting honey from the stingless beehives, and observing and listening to the myriad of wildlife.

  • British International School Phuket

This is a co-educational and English medium school in Phuket, Thailand. The school believes in delivering excellent teaching facilities and education to international students. The school focuses on competitive studies during school time that prepares them for the future.

  • Marlborough College Malaysia

This boarding school focuses on the British pattern of education while helping students discover their talents in various areas. It is built on a campus of 90 acres and focuses on the journey of a student more than his/her destination.

How to learn mandarin in six months?

Posted on: October 25, 2022

Mandarin is one of the most difficult languages in the world. It can take a very long period of time to attain total proficiency in this language. You may learn the alphabet in the grammar early but pronunciation is something that a lot of people have a hard time dealing with. But there are a lot of ways through which you can learn this language faster and more efficiently. Here are the ways through which you can learn proper Mandarin in six months-

  • Start from the basics like your Kindergarten student and engage yourself in activities similar to that. There are a lot of games based on colors and alphabets that are available in the market. All of these are intriguing and make learning faster.
  • Once you have learned the basic alphabet of Mandarin, start with small and basic words that form the basis of your vocabulary.
  • After learning the basic words start with grammatical rules. Every language has its own grammar rules which you must learn before forming sentences.
  • Once you are through with the grammar rules, start watching tv shows and movies that give you an idea of sentence formation.
  • Now start practicing speaking Mandarin on a daily basis to someone who's also trying to learn the same language.

Large number of students apply for ‘Study in Saudi Arabia program’

Posted on: October 25, 2022

On September 27, 2022, the government of Saudi Arabia took a historic decision to announce the study in Saudi Arabia program which is going to benefit a lot of students from 160 countries who want to pursue their higher education in Saudi Arabia. Male and female researchers, students, and academics will be benefited from this as long-term and short-term visas will be extended to international students. The Ministry of Education has confirmed that over 50000 students have registered for this ambitious project. This is done by the government to attract talented individuals from around the world to enhance the quality of students in Saudi Arabia and make the country more output driven. The scheme will make Saudi Arabia a potential spot for international students to study among all the other famous destinations. At the same time, the quality of education in Saudi will also increase because of diverse and creative students.

World University Rankings 2023 for Computer Science

Posted on: October 25, 2022

The Times higher education group has released its rankings for 2023. Despite all the controversies and scrutiny, these rankings have been subjected to, they are still released every year. A lot of people take these rankings into consideration while selecting their colleges and universities. Here are the best universities for 2023 by the subject of computer science-

  • The University of Oxfords
  • Massachusetts Institute of technology
  • Stanford university
  • ETH Zürich
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of Cambridge
  • National University of Singapore
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Harvard University
  • Technical University of Munich
  • Imperial College London
  • Princeton university

Unique courses offered around the world

Posted on: October 22, 2022

Choosing your course is one of the most important parts of your study abroad journey. It makes all the difference in one's future. So it's very important to be extremely careful and meticulous while choosing one's course. Once you have decided what course you want to study you can choose the university of your liking as well. Here are some of the unique courses that are offered at the universities-

  • The Beatles

This is for the music enthusiasts out there who want to study music and remember the legacy of the extremely popular music Band the Beatles. This course is offered by the University of Liverpool. It was launched on September 21, 2021. The course discusses the legacy that they have left and how their music is still relevant today.

  • Puppet arts

The world paid heed to the art of puppet use for the first time because of Yoda which was used in the first trilogy of Star Wars. This art is not as simple as it may seem like two people. There is a lot of versatility involved with this art and one has to practice puppetry for a few years before actually going professional. A course in puppetry is offered by the University of Connecticut.

  • Circus arts

Have you ever wondered where all artists that you see performing in a circus learn their craft from? Well, there are a lot of universities that offer professional courses in performing circus arts. The Swinburne University of Technology also offers a course of a similar kind.

  • Ethical hacking

This is for all the computer and technology fanatics. If you want to learn how hackers break into the security systems of the most popular companies then this one's for you. This will help you in developing a detailed understanding of the coding world and you will get a high paying job easily as well.

Best YouTube channel for international students to study for free

Posted on: October 22, 2022

As a university student who is studying abroad, you might always be looking for free opportunities and resources. There are a lot of expenses to look after which is wild anything and everything free can make a huge preference. YouTube has become a very well-known platform for offering content in a variety of genres. There is something for everyone on YouTube. Today we will talk about some YouTube channels which offer free education and study resources for no cost at all.

  • TED-Ed

This is a very popular educational channel on YouTube for kids with over 17.7 million subscribers. Its patent and recognizable videos include animated visuals that talk about interesting topics related to science and maths. The channel has both short and long videos for almost all imaginable topics. This makes it an extremely inclusive channel for students of different age groups.

  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

This channel was started by a team of German animators and illustrators. Currently, it has around 19 million subscribers who have a target to make young kids science-conscious. You can learn so much about science, psychology, humanities, understanding human emotions, and even futurism.

  • Huberman Lab

This channel was started by Andrew D Huberman, an associate professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The channel currently has 1.56 million subscribers and almost all its episodes are available in podcast form. Being a neurologist, Huberman talks about aspects related to neuroscience and secrets of the brain unknown to almost everyone.

  • Eureka!

This is an online learning platform that offers industry-driven courses to make learning accessible to everyone. They offer courses that have to be paid for watching but also have similar free videos available on their YouTube channel.

Is Melbourne the perfect city for studying abroad?

Posted on: October 22, 2022

Melbourne is the capital of the Australian state of Victoria and a very popular Australian city. Victoria has a total of nine universities out of which four have a university as well as a technical and for division. The nine universities established in Victoria are-

  1.  Australian Catholic University
  2.   Deakin University
  3.  La Trobe University
  4.   Monash University
  5.   RMIT University
  6.  Swinburne University of Technology
  7.   The University of Melbourne
  8. Victoria University
  9. Federation University Australia

The University of Melbourne has got a QS score of 86.2. It is the highest-ranked university in Melbourne and is ranked 31st in the whole country.

International students have a lot of options while choosing their courses such as vocational study programs, undergraduate programs, postgraduate programs, and professional development courses.

The academic year in Australia begins in March and lasts till November after which the next semester starts. The fees depend on the course and the university that you have opted for. On top of it, you might also get a lot of relief. Study Melbourne Hubs are newly initiated services for international students and have their hubs located in China, Vietnam, Malaysia, and virtually in India. You can contact these for further assistance regarding studying in Australia.

US News releases its rankings for 2023

Posted on: October 22, 2022

US News has officially released its list of the best universities for the year 2022 to 2023. They have released a lot of lists under different categories such as the best global universities and the best universities in Asia, Africa, and Europe. The best global universities for the year 2022 to 2023 are-

  • Harvard University (U.S.)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.)
  • Stanford University (U.S.)
  • University of California–Berkeley (U.S.)
  • The University of Oxford (U.K.)
  • University of Washington–Seattle (U.S.)
  • Columbia University (U.S.)
  • The University of Cambridge (U.K.)
  • California Institute of Technology (U.S.)
  • Johns Hopkins University (U.S.)

Best universities in Africa 

  • University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  • University of Witwatersrand (South Africa)
  • Stellenbosch University (South Africa)

Best universities in Asia 

  • Tsinghua University (China)
  • National University of Singapore
  • Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Best universities in Europe 

  • The University of Oxford (U.K.)
  • The University of Cambridge (U.K.)
  • University College London

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